Vols open as double-digit home favorites over Missouri

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    No. 21 Tennessee has opened as double-digit home favorites over Missouri ahead of its home-opener this Saturday.

    Tennessee (1-0) is a 13-point favorite over the Tigers according to the line released by Circa Sports at the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

    Tennessee is coming off of a 31-27 win over South Carolina on Saturday night to begin the 2020 season on the right note.

    The Vols beat South Carolina thanks to a special teams miscue by the Gamecocks. Carolina was going to get the ball back with a chance to win the game, but Paxton Brooks’ punt hit the leg of a Gamecock, allowing Vols freshman Jimmy Holiday to fall on the fumble and secure the Tennessee win.

    Jarrett Guarantano was 19-of-31 for 259 yards and a touchdown. He did not throw an interception. Guarantano’s lone touchdown pass went to Josh Palmer from 33-yards out. Palmer finished as the team’s leading-receiver, hauling in six catches for 85 yards to go along with the touchdown. Eric Gray and Ty Chandler combined for 126 rushing yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.

    Missouri is coming off of a 38-19 loss to No. 2 Alabama. Shawn Robinson, who made his first start for the Tigers, finished the game 19-for-25 with a touchdown and 185 yards. On the ground, star running back Larry Rountree rushed for 67 yards on 14 carries.

    Mizzou went 6-6 overall last season, and 3-5 in SEC play, leading to the firing of Barry Odom. Eli Drinkwitz was hired by the Tigers following one season as head coach at Appalachian State.

    Tennessee is on a seven-game winning streak dating back to last season. UT’s winning streak is tied for third-longest in the FBS, is the second-longest in the Power 5 and is the longest in the SEC. Tennessee has claimed four consecutive wins away from Neyland Stadium during the streak, as well.

    Kickoff between the Vols and Tigers on Saturday afternoon inside of Neyland Stadium is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.